The Church and culture are usually at odds. For followers of Jesus, this should be neither surprising nor upsetting. Jesus warned us that our faith and obedience would often bring us into conflict with those around us, and that sometimes we would even be hated because of Him. Yet even if we find ourselves in … Continue reading Social Justice and the Art of Listening
This week our children have been learning a phrase at Vacation Bible School that I love for them to be hearing from such a young age: "Always Be Ready". There are so many cases in the Scriptures when God tells someone (or someones) to pick up and go, often without them knowing exactly where they … Continue reading Would you pick up and go? Could you?
When God commanded Abraham to take his son Isaac to the top of Moriah so that he might sacrifice him before the Lord, it probably seemed like God was just like the other "gods" of the ancient world. The ancient gods of Mesopotamia were erratic, bloodthirsty, obsessed with sexuality, and always focused on self-appeasement. Human … Continue reading This God is Different